Avalanche Forecast Cariboos

Date Issued: Valid Until:

Avalanche Canada mbender, Avalanche Canada

Avalanche Forecast

Mon Mar. 11th ยท 4:45PM

Alpine

Danger Ratings Considerable

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate
Storm Slabs Storm Slabs

Alpine

Danger Ratings Moderate

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low

Alpine

Danger Ratings Moderate

Treeline

Danger Ratings Low

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low
New snow falling Monday into Monday night has promoted storm and wind slab development.

Confidence

Moderate - Forecast snowfall amounts are uncertain

Weather Forecast

MONDAY Night: Flurries, accumulation 5-10 cm / moderate to strong southwest wind / alpine temperature -8 CTUESDAY: A mix of sun and cloud with isolated flurries / light to moderate west wind / alpine temperature -5 C / freezing level 1100 m WEDNESDAY: Cloudy with sunny periods / light to moderate west wind / alpine temperature -6 C / freezing level 900 mTHURSDAY: Cloudy with sunny periods / light southwest wind / alpine temperature -4 C / freezing level 1200 m

Avalanche Summary

Expect the likelihood of triggering storm and wind slab avalanches to increase as new snow has accumulated Monday into Tuesday.

Snowpack Summary

A couple of snowfalls over the past week have deposited 20-40 cm. This sits mainly on wind slabs and facets (sugary snow), as well as surface hoar (feathery crystals) in sheltered areas and a crust on sun exposed slopes. At lower elevations, a weak layer buried in mid January can be found approximately 50-60 cm deep. This layer consists of surface hoar and facets, and may be combined with a crust on south facing slopes. This layer has been most reactive at treeline and below. Avalanche activity has dropped off significantly, however it may still be possible to trigger avalanches on this layer in areas such as steep cutblocks, and large open glades in the trees.The lower snowpack is generally considered to be strong, except for shallow, rocky areas where cold temperatures continue to facet (weaken) the snowpack.

Problems

Storm Slabs

Storm Slabs

New snow falling with moderate southwest winds Monday night has formed storm slabs and promoted windslab development in the lee of exposed terrain features.

Be aware of how much snow has accumulated overnight and how it is bonding to old snow below.Be cautious as you transition into wind affected terrain.Be careful with wind loaded pockets, especially near ridge crests and roll-overs.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.

Likelihood

Likely

Expected Size

1 - 2